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Neighborhood Watch

 

 

How Neighborhood Watch Works
Neighborhood Watch is a Community Policing partnership program that rapidly expanded nation-wide in the 1970’s to combat significant increases in residential crime.  This program depends on citizen involvement to prevent and discourage crime and reduce fear by taking certain home, property, and personal self-protection precautions, really getting to know and look out for neighbors, and reporting crimes and suspicious activities to the police. Neighborhood Watch in the city of El Paso is an El Paso Police Department program and the department determines its policy. Today, we have over 600 such programs, and this concept has also expanded to schools, apartments, parks, and businesses.

Getting Started
Visit your block neighbors with this page or have a get-together to promote it, stimulate interest and enlist helpers, and gather program support from them.  Call the phone number below for police information and assistance on your questions.  Once you have the active support from half of your block, designate a Block Captain and Co-Captain to serve as block coordinators and liaisons with the police for information and educational literature.  Establish a means to keep all your residents informed of these communications.

Organizing & Maintaining Neighborhood Watch
When committed, schedule a “start-up” meeting with a police officer at a date and time convenient to your block.   At that time, the officer will walk everyone through all elements of the program:

Within parameters, your block decides how to run its own program thereafter keeping your Crime Prevention Officer informed.  You’ll subsequently have four annual block get-togethers according to your group’s desires that may range from business to social.  Your Block Captain will attend annual “refresher” training by police and continue to coordinate block Neighborhood Watch activities, disseminate crime prevention information and educational literature, and bring new neighbors into the program.

Costs & Benefits

Costs are minimal… - investment of some time to get started, subsequent participation by neighbors at get-togethers, and street signs (usually two per block at $22 each).  The city erects signs on standing poles.

Benefits are many… - beyond preventing crime and reducing fear, Neighborhood Watch builds pride, forges bonds among block residents, improves citizen-police relations, and can address other block issues and concerns like child safety, youth development, senior citizen welfare, and quality-of-life. Participants receive an excellent, on-going education from police on many topics including:

 

 

Your Direct Police Contact
For any additional information on this program or to start one up now, contact the Crime Prevention Officer below for your city area:

NORTH EAST REGIONAL COMMAND
NERCC
759-2000

CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
759-2004

WEST SIDE REGIONAL COMMAND
WSRCC
585-6124

CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
585-6109 / 585-6124

CENTRAL REGIONAL COMMAND
CRCC
577-5000

CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
838-8013

PEBBLE HILLS REGIONAL COMMAND
PHRCC
599-5500

CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
599-5898

MISSION VALLEY REGIONAL COMMAND
MVRCC
872-3723

CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE
872-3703

Please Remember…

You are not being asked to take personal risks, only to serve as extra “eyes and ears” and to report information on crimes and suspicious activities promptly to:

9-1-1 for emergencies
(crimes in progress or life-threatening situations)

or

(915) 832-4400
for non-emergencies

 

The police will take action on those reports.

Since the advent of Community Policing in 1995, the El Paso Police Department has continued to earn impressive awards for driving down crime rates in our city. Nevertheless, however little, crime still does take place.  Don’t wait to become a victim—be proactive!

 

Isn’t now the time to get a Neighborhood Watch Program
started on your own block?

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